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Youngest TransAsia crash survivor discharged from hospital

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The youngest of the TransAsia plane crash survivors was finally discharged from the hospital yesterday, nearly two weeks after the crash that took 48 lives.

Lee Wei-tung (李緯彤), 10, was rescued by two military officers who were also aboard TransAsia passenger plane GE222 almost immediately after the plane crashed roughly one kilometer away from the runway of Magong Airport in Penghu. Lee was on the plane with her grandmother and older cousin, both of whom did not survive the crash.

Physicians reported that Lee was recovering well and is the first GE222 survivor to leave the hospital, but they were also worried about her psychological welfare as her grandmother and cousin had passed away.

The little girl was wheeled out of the hospital in a wheelchair by her mother, and was presented a cake in the shape of her favorite animation character, Hello Kitty. Lee's mother thanked her daughter's well-wishers, also hoping that all injured from the plane crash and the recent Kaohsiung explosions will recover and leave the hospital like her daughter did.

According to MacKay Memorial Hospital physician Tung Guang-yi, Lee was sent to the hospital with smoke inhalation injuries, burns and cuts on her body as well as slight bone fractures. "Her lighter cuts and injuries have healed nicely, the new skin on her burns are growing out too," said Tung.

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